Vacancy - Consultant to the Office of the Legal Advisor

Announcement of Vacancy: 

Suitably qualified citizens of the Member States and Associate Members of the Association of Caribbean States are invited to apply for the position of Consultant to the Office of the Legal Advisor at the ACS Secretariat at its headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Reporting to: 
Secretary General
Type of appointment: 
Full time
Duties and responsabilities: 


The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is a regional intergovernmental organisation that was established by virtue of the Convention Establishing the Association of Caribbean States done in Cartagena de Indias in July 1994. Article III of the Convention identifies its purpose as that of “consultation, cooperation and concerted action” in order “to identify and promote the implementation of policies and programmes”.

The ACS engages external Consultants for the provision of technical services to fulfil its mandate with respect to its Member States and Associate Member States. Recently, there has been an escalation of services to be rendered by this Unit in meeting the organisation’s objectives.

As a result, the ACS is seeking to engage a Paralegal in order to provide support to the OLA in accordance with the functions referred to herein.




The objective of this Consultancy is to provide comprehensive support to the OLA in the form of legal research and writing as well as administrative functions as they relate to the legal work of the organisation.




Under the direction of the Legal Advisor, the Consultant will be responsible for providing legal support as it relates to the different facets of the organisation. 

The main Responsibilities of the Consultant will include but not be limited to the following:


a)    Conducting research as directed by the Legal Advisor;

b)   Providing assistance in the preparation of meetings within the portfolio of the Office of the Legal Unit;

c)    Attending meetings and providing support, as needed;

d)   Drafting and preparing legal documents and correspondence (reports; briefs; letters; circular notes; verbal notes etc.) to be issued from the Office of the Legal Unit;

e)    Updating and maintaining all reference files and records of the Office of the Legal Unit in both electronic and hardcopy forms;

f)     Making phone calls as requested by the Legal Advisor;

g)   Any other duties as assigned by the Legal Advisor;

Specific Responsabilities: 



Eligible Consultants must possess the following qualifications and experience:


  • A First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Law;
  • Minimum of six months’ practical working experience in providing legal services; conducting relevant research in the area of law; drafting legal documents and providing administrative services; 
  • Experience working in an international or inter-governmental organisation will be considered an asset;



  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Fluency in one (1) of the official languages of the ACS (i.e. English, Spanish OR French) other than the native language; 
  • Strong research and report generating skills;
  • Detailed oriented;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; 
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to work independently;
Minimum qualifications: 

Remuneration package: 



a)    A Monthly Salary of US$2,000 (tax free) for the duration of the Contract;

b)   The Consultant will be responsible for arranging at his/her own expense any form of insurance covering his/her period of services.


Documentation required: 

Currriculum vitae. University degree certificate. Language Certificates (not in first language). Names of three referees and contact information.




The terms and conditions of the CONTRACT shall be applied during the period of duration of the CONTRACT which shall be for an initial period of ten (10) months, beginning on the date of its signature or the actual date on which the WORK commences, whichever is earlier.




This document constitutes only a solicitation of interest in and proposal for providing expertise services to ACS Legal Unit and shall not be interpreted as an offer by the ACS Legal Unit to enter into a retainer agreement for such services. Your response will be treated as an offer to provide such services and not an acceptance of any offer made by the ACS.


The Consultant must be willing to reside in Trinidad and Tobago for the duration of the Contract.

The ACS facility will be available between the hours of 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. The Consultant can utilise the facility during these hours in order to carry out his/her functions.



Eligible Consultant(s) should submit in electronic format to the following:

             I.        Indication of availability to carry out the Consultancy during the period;

           II.        Supporting documents such as curriculum vitae;

         III.        The attached Applicant Job Profile Summary Form which must be completed using either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Do not attempt to complete this document using any web browser.


Documents must be addressed to:


Her Excellency, Ambassador, Dr. June Soomer

Secretary General

Association of Caribbean States

5-7 Sweet Briar Road, St. Clair


Tel: 868-622-9575

Fax: 868-622-1653


Job Title: 
Consultant to the Office of the Legal Advisor
Deadline for receiving applications: 
6 October 2017